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Car companies will have to report automated vehicle crashes under new rules

Car companies will be required to report crashes involving advanced driver assistance systems under new rules proposed by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The general order will apply to manufacturers of vehicles equipped with Level 2 driver assist systems through fully autonomous Level 5 systems, according to the Society of Automotive Engineers’ taxonomy for autonomous vehicles.

At Level 2, the vehicle can control both steering and acceleration and deceleration, but it falls short of self-driving because a human sits in the driver’s seat and can take control of the car at any time. Level 5 refers to a fully autonomous vehicle that can travel anywhere, under any conditions. Notably, there are not Level 5 vehicles in existence today.

“NHTSA’s core mission is safety. By mandating crash reporting, the agency will have access to critical data that will help quickly identify

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Global Connected Cars Outlook Report 2021: With Revenue Potential of $15-$20 Billion by 2025, the Creation of Software-defined Vehicles and Innovative Business Models is More Critical than Ever

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The “Global Connected Cars Outlook, 2021” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated – rather than affected – growth prospects for the global connected cars market.

Technology implementation has increased, and the post-pandemic situation appears to be a positive one for all stakeholders. The pandemic is a blessing in disguise as innovative features such as embedded connectivity, bio-based health monitoring, and non-touch-based haptics such as gesture recognition will be quickly implemented in vehicles due to the urgent need for protection and risk aversion.

Start-ups and other mid-tier connected car technology firms are being pursued to support the implementation of these innovative vehicle features.

The market is undergoing a transformation, and automakers are evolving into technology firms and appear to be on an equal footing with technology giants, with some of them opting for a collaborative approach to capture market share. Business transformations

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Apple self-driving car program sheds top executives, report says

Apple Car mockup

Will there be a real car? Or just some software? Who knows.


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Three of Apple’s self-driving car executives departed the company in the past few months, according to a report from Bloomberg. The move poses more questions than it provides answers as it remains rather mysterious what Apple has up its sleeve for the automotive industry.

Apple did not immediately return a request for comment on the news, but according to the report, the self-driving car team lost Dave Scott, Jaime Waydo and Benjamin Lyon. Lyon was part of the original car team years ago and the company tasked him with the project’s long-term development. He departed the company for Astra, a firm focused on space satellite launches. Scott’s exit removes him from leading the team’s robotics division, while Waydo will no longer oversee the autonomous car safety and regulations teams. Leading the entire project is Tesla

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Ford F-150 production will halt again as chip shortage worsens, report says

Prepare for F-150s to dwindle in supply.


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The semiconductor chip shortage continues to ravage the US auto manufacturing sector, and America’s best-selling vehicle is in the shortage’s crosshairs once again. According to a report from Automotive News, which viewed a bulletin sent to employees, production at Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant and part of its plant in Kansas City will shutter temporarily without enough chips to build the F-150. The shutdowns will take place the weeks of May 31 and June 14.

Ford did not immediately return a request for comment to confirm the shutdowns, but the automaker in the past said it expected big hits to production — half of what it should build won’t happen — through this quarter. The company already implemented shutdowns at various plants as supplies for the crucial chips continue to dwindle. Building on the F-150 shutdowns, the automaker’s plant in

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